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Pierpaolo Antonello

Antonello, Pierpaolo

Pierpaolo's research interests are: Technology and the Arts; Bruno Munari; René Girard’s mimetic theory; Italian Science-Fiction; Ethics and political commitment in contemporary Italian culture

Dr Hugues Azérad

Azérad, Dr Hugues

Hugues Azérad specialises in comparative literature and aesthetics (Proust, Joyce, Faulkner, Bonnefoy, Glissant, Nerval, Benjamin, Adorno, Rancière), postcolonial literature, modernisms, utopia, film, French literature/poetry from 19th century to the present and links between Language learning and cultural studies.

Maite Conde

Conde, Maite

Maite Conde’s research focuses on Brazilian culture, with a particular emphasis on cinema. Specifically, her work has engaged with questions concerning the relationship between cinema, literature and modernity in Brazil. This has involved a sustained examination of theoretical debates regarding the productive dialogue between film and literary modernism in the early 1900s, and discussions concerning cinema and modernity in Brazil’s First Republic.

Martin Crowley

Crowley, Martin

Martin's research interests encompass Modern and contemporary cultures of the French-speaking world; Twentieth- and twenty-first-century French philosophy; Critical theory; Ethics and fiction; Ecocriticism; Testimony; Sexuality, embodiment, and representation; Ontologies of coexistence; Intersections of the aesthetic, the philosophical, and the political.

Stuart Davis

Davis, Stuart

Stuart’s research interests are varied. He has particular interests in memory, shame and other emotions in Hispanic literature, film and visual cultures, as well as long standing interests in canon theory, metacriticism, museum studies and representations of gender and sexuality. His current research work includes a longitudinal study of pedagogical canonicity identified through syllabi in UK universities’ Spanish departments; an article on transmission of affect in the work of artist Félix González Torres; an article on contemporary Spanish photographer Ouka Leele and her re-workings of canonical artworks.

Dr Isaias Fanlo

Fanlo, Isaias

Isaias Fanlo’s research include 20th–21st centuries Iberian, Latin American and Latinx literatures and cultures; queer theory and activism; representations of race; theatre, performance and scenic arts; film media studies; and history of photography. He is currently working on different publications that address intersectional topics such as testimonial queer/trans black narratives in theatre and performance, the problematics of postforgetting in Spanish culture and politics, and drag and non-binary imaginary in contemporary Spanish visual cultures.


Robert S C Gordon

Gordon, Robert S C

Robert Gordon works on the literature, cinema and cultural history of modern Italy. He is the author or editor of 14 books, including a major study of the writer and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (Pasolini. Forms of Subjectivity) and several books on the work of Primo Levi (e.g. Primo Levi's Ordinary VirtuesAuschwitz ReportThe Cambridge Companion to Primo LeviInnesti).

Professor Maria Manuel Lisboa

Lisboa, Prof. Maria Manuel

Professor Lisboa's research interests are: Portuguese and Brazilian Literature from the nineteenth century to the present; the work of Paula Rego; Gender and Sexuality; National identity. Feminist Theory and New Historicism.

Geoffrey Maguire

Maguire, Geoffrey

Latin American film; queer studies; sexuality and gender studies; cinematic time and embodiment; childhood and adolescence; postmemory and cultural memory.

Laura McMahon

McMahon, Laura

Laura's research addresses connections between contemporary film and philosophy, with a particular focus on French and Francophone contexts, combined with an engagement with screen cultures across various other language areas.

Isabelle McNeill

McNeill, Isabelle

Isabelle's research interests are: Memory, cinema, media and archives; Cities, space and place on screen; Girlhood, Feminisms and media; Film theory and philosophy; Creativity, craft and praxis in academia

Leila Mukhida

Mukhida, Leila

Dr Mukhida specialises in German and Austrian visual culture, with a focus on cinema and the Frankfurt School, sound and industrial history, as well as queer and intersectional approaches to film and literature. In their research and their teaching, they advocate for diversity and decolonization in German Studies. Their book, Sensitive Subjects: The Political Aesthetics of Contemporary German and Austrian Cinema, looks to early German-language film theory in order to explore how post-1989 films by directors including Valeska Grisebach, Michael Haneke, Andreas Dresen and Elke Hauck engender a political sensitivity in viewers.


Rory O'Bryen

O'Bryen, Rory

Rory's current research explores the representation of the Magdalena River in Colombian culture between 1850 and the present day. It engages with a range of works, including mid-nineteenth-century regional romances, late nineteenth-century Afro-Colombian poetry, representations of leprosy in early twentieth-century literature, music and silent film, the ‘novela de la Violencia’ of the 1950s, and late twentieth-century engagements with narcotráfico. In doing so it uses the river as a conduit into the fragile interplay between nation-formation and global political and economic processes.

Professor Joanna Page

Page, Prof. Joanna

Joanna Page’s research interests include literature, film, graphic fiction and visual arts from Latin America, particularly Argentina, Chile, and Brazil. Many of her recent projects are related to the broader theme of the relationship between science and the arts, but she has also worked on questions of memory, modernity, capitalism, posthumanism, new materialism, decoloniality and environmental thought in Latin America.

Dr Martin Ruehl

Ruehl, Dr Martin

Dr Ruehl specializes in the intellectual history of modern Germany. His research to date has focused on the ideas and ideologies that shaped German society and culture from Bismarck to Hitler, in particular the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and its reception since the 1890s. He has published books and articles on Nietzsche, Burckhardt, Thomas Mann, Ernst Kantorowicz, German historicism and grecophilia. His monograph The Italian Renaissance and the German Historical Imagination, 1860-1930 (Cambridge 2015) was shortlisted for the Gladstone History Book Prize of the Royal Historical Society. The recipient of a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, Dr Ruehl is currently writing a book on German ideas of Europe before World War I.


Andrew J. Webber

Webber, Andrew J.

Andrew J. Webber is Professor of Modern German and Comparative Culture. He has research and teaching interests in a wide range of German and comparative film, from the 1920s to the present day. A particular concern of his work is how film relates to psychoanalysis, the Gothic imagination, constructions of gender and sexuality, and the urban, and he has published essays on combinations of all of these.

Emma Wilson

Wilson, Emma

Emma's research interests are: Contemporary Women Filmmakers in France and Italy; Women Photographers and Installation Artists; Life-writing, Intimacy, and Eroticism; Simone de Beauvoir

Emma Widdis

Widdis, Emma

In broad terms, Professor Widdis is interested in the relationship between culture and ideology in the early Soviet period. Her research focuses in particular on Russian and Soviet cinema before 1953, and she also works extensively on visual culture, architecture and design, and popular science.